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Volunteer Info

The success of many of our recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.

How to Volunteer
View the volunteer opportunity descriptions below to see what suits you best. Maybe you have an interest in helping others, want to learn more about the community or meet other friendly, helpful people. We welcome: 

  • Students age 16 and up with parent or guardian signature, ages 13-16 with parent or guardian supervision.  Volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit. 
  • Adults age 18 and up
  • Seniors
  • Groups – Corporations, non-profits, service organizations, etc.

Application Process
To volunteer print and complete the Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application. Please check your areas of interest and email or mail the application in. Once received, a member of the Volunteer Services team will contact you to discuss the potential of a volunteer placement. If an appropriate placement cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application on file up to one year. As opportunities become available, we will notify you.

Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to volunteer@oakgov.com or:

Oakland County Parks
Volunteer Coordinator
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

To speak to a volunteer coordinator or schedule a group volunteer event, call 248.975.9717 or volunteer@oakgov.com.

Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for a printable list

Saturday August 1, 2015

Wheel Chair Daze – A picnic with music, food, carnival games and pontoon boat rides for individuals with disabilities.
Independence Oaks – 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
9:30am – noon & 11:30am – 2pm
Volunteers needed: 10 each shift
Assist with carnival games, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: t-shirt provided (we will need your size prior to the event), name tag

Tuesday August 4, 2015
Every Day is a Picnic! – A picnic dinner with activities and music for individuals with disabilities.
Lathrup Village Community Center – 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076
5:15pm – 8:15pm
Volunteers needed: 8
Assist with greeting guests, help serve food and beverages, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Friday August 7, 2015
Oakland Uncorked – An evening of wine, food, jazz and art.
Oakland County Market – 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Volunteers needed: 30 – must be 21 years of age or older for this event
Assist with registration, silent auction, serving the wine and food, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: black pants, white button up shirt, name tag

Saturday August 8, 2015
Air Fair – An event with hot air balloons, gliders, remote controlled airplanes, kite making, balloon crafts, inflatables, DJ, hayrides and a band!
Groveland Oaks Recreation Pavilion - 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly, MI 48442
2pm – 6pm
Volunteers needed: 7
Assist with the arts & craft tables, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniforms: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Saturday August 8, 2015
Corn Roast – Market guests will receive free roasted corn during the Saturday Farmers Market.

Oakland County Market – 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
9:30am – 12:30pm
Volunteers needed: 4
Assist with serving food, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer shirt, name tag

Wednesday August 12, 2015
Clinton River Watershed Clean Up

Addison Oaks – 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, MI 48367 – meet at the boathouse
9:30am – 12:30pm
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist with paperwork, distributing materials, safety instructions, and helping volunteers into kayaks.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag and water shoes are recommended

Sunday August 23, 2015
Destination Cruisin’ – A day of cars, market vendors, food and music.

Oakland County Market – 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
11am – 3pm
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist with registration, event set-up and tear down as needed.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt and name tag

Saturday August 29, 2015
Rattlesnake Education for Dog Owners – An expo with exhibits, information and live snakes.
Lyon Oaks Dog Park – 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393
10:30am – 1:30pm
Volunteers needed: 1
Assist with event set-up, tear down, interact with the public, and take pictures.
Uniform: green volunteer t-shirt, name tag

Volunteer Opportunities throughout the parks system:

Adaptive Recreation
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans.  Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.

Bicycle Motocross (BMX at Waterford Oaks)
Track maintenance begins in April. Assist in the weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling, and concessions.

Campground Hosts and Labor
Assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules in a pleasant and helpful manner, providing directions and assisting with check-in.  Volunteers may also help with maintaining flower beds and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness.

Campground Recreation 
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Assist with activities including arts and crafts, DJ dances, face painting, games, etc. for campers at Addison and Groveland Oaks. Theme weekends include carnival, comedy fun day, July 4th festivities, blues bash and boo bash. Also volunteer to help set up, implement and clean up one-day special events. 

Dog Park Ambassadors (Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks)
Become and ambassador and answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials, and report concerns or comments to park management.  Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security.  Other opportunities include assisting with one-day special events and annual clean-up days at three dog parks.

Golf Courses and Programs
Starters, rangers, cart attendants and pro shop/phones assist at five golf courses. Assist with tournaments, leagues, and special events.  

Nature Centers
Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting Nature Center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, scout days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies, or maintaining outdoor gardens.

Natural Resources Stewardship
Assist with restoration management of our natural areas by helping with the control and removal of invasive plant species and the collection and dispersal of native plant seed. Field work activities vary from season to season and range from hand-pulling weedy species, to removing large shrubs with had saws and garden loppers. Volunteers should be willing and able to work in a variety of field conditions, including exposure to heat, cold, insects, and poisonous plants.

Be the eyes and ears of the Parks trails by using a formal reporting and tracking process while you enjoy the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot.  Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies. 

Special Events
Assist with one-day events throughout the year including Fire & Ice winter festival, the springtime Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks, mountain bike races, fishing events, County Market events, or Boo Bash and Haunted Hallows events in the fall.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Assist with Adopt-a-Stream (stream monitoring and clean-ups) and cooperative lakes monitoring. 248.858.0958

Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by Michigan State University Extension in Oakland County. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites for application. Applicants attend classes learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community. Oakland County offers a daytime session in the fall (August-November) or an evening session in the winter (January-April). Each session is 13 weeks and held in Waterford. Linda Smith: 248.858.0887

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